HPI Certification Program

Design Thinking Coach

  • Design Thinking
  • Certificate


  • Acquire the skills, methods and tools to effectively navigate teams through the innovation process.
  • Learn to recognize and activate the potential of innovation teams through a variety of practical experiences.
  • Discover your own coaching style and at the same time train yourself to always (re)act flexibly.
  • Get to grips with the conception and implementation of different design thinking formats and learn a wide range of design options based on real projects.

Key Facts


21 workshop days

8 modules

Workshop language

Bilingual (German/English)

The general program language is English, so are the presentations and materials.


HPI Academy / HPI d-school – Professional Development, on the campus of the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam & Online


EUR 15,750 (early bird price, thereafter EUR 17,500; plus VAT)

Information on the early bird price: We start in spring and fall. If you book by January 31 (spring dates) or July 31 (fall dates), you will receive a 10% early bird discount)

Included in the workshop

  • Participation and working materials
  • Certificate

More information

With a minimum of ten participants, we also offer an in-house training program for Design Thinking coaches.

More info here

Syllabus Design Thinking Coach

Program Overview

Block 1: Basics

Module 1: DT Mindset & Process (3 Day, in presence)

This workshop gives participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of Design Thinking from the practitioner’s and coach’s perspective. There is an in-depth examination of the two core elements of design thinking: the mindset and the process. Both aspects will be examined more closely in an interplay of inputs, versatile exercises and subsequent reflection, and brought into line with the respective prior understandings. With a view to the transition to the second module, the focus of reflection is always on the coach perspective.

Module 2: Teamcoaching & Moderation (3 days, on site)
In this workshop, participants are given various opportunities to try out their skills as team coaches in a safe space and to reflect on their own coaching style. Different emphases are placed on the essential components of team coaching. Thus, at the beginning, the focus is on procedural support, while the second half of the workshop focuses on recognizing and dealing with different team dynamics. Throughout the training, our experienced HPI Academy coaches provide continuous, intensive support and personal feedback to all participants.

Block 2: Practice

Block 3: Application


  • Certificate from the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute.
  • Modular structure for different needs/goals and structure of lifelong learning: participation in varied masterclasses and exchange formats (e.g. at the virtual festival) even after completion of the certification program (from “DT Team Facilitator”).
  • Experience-based learning as a didactic model and a particularly high practical component with versatile trial and error opportunities.
  • Close supervision by one Design Thinking Coach per team (max. five people) in our trainings.
  • Continuous individual feedback from experienced Design Thinking Coaches.
  • Provision of a detailed coaching manual and a comprehensive digital set of method cards. Here is an excerpt from our manual.
  • Unique combination of teaching and research on the HPI campus & admission to the large HPI alumni network of Design Thinking Coaches.


Your Coaches

Samuel Tschepe

Samuel Tschepe

Head of Design Thinking Coach Certification

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Madini Liebscher

Madini Liebscher

Program Lead Certification Program

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Clara Wieker

Clara Wieker

Program Lead Certification Program

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Worthwhile experiential learning journey

If you want to learn how to teach design thinking, this program should be at the top of your list. The HPI team has put together an unmatched curriculum that is action-oriented. The program is an intensive and extremely rewarding experiential learning journey. I had one "aha moment" after another! The program is taught by an incredibly diverse pool of talented practitioners who bring new theoretical perspectives and creative ways to apply methods in practice. Thank you to the HPI team for always going the extra step to help me achieve my Goals!

Stefanie Hammer

Hammer communication

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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Design Thinking Coach

Potsdam & Online Bilingual: German and English 15750 €
plus VAT